Building positive resources: Effects of positive events and positive reflection on work stress and health

Joyce E. Bono, Theresa M. Glomb, Winny Shen, Eugene Kim, Amanda J. Koch

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This three-week longitudinal field study with an experimental intervention examines the association between daily events and employee stress and health, with a specific focus on positive events. Results suggest that both naturally occurring positive work events and a positive reflection intervention are associated with reduced stress and improved health, though effects vary across momentary, lagged, daily, and day-toevening spillover analyses. Findings are consistent with theory-based predictions: positive events, negative events, and family-to-work conflict independently contribute to perceived stress, blood pressure, physical symptoms, mental health, and work detachment, suggesting that organizations should focus not only on reducing negative events, but also on increasing positive events. These findings show that a brief, end-of-workday positive reflection led to decreased stress and improved health in the evening.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1601-1627
Number of pages27
JournalAcademy of Management Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013


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